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STRINGS HITTING BACK OF BRIDGE

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guitarzan

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Is it normal for the strings to touch on the back of the bridge? If I raise the stop bar up to keep them from touching it is extremely high. Is that normal as well?

By the way, my action is about 1/16 inch (so it's not very high). I don't understand why I have to raise it so high to keep them from touching. Is that normal?

Also, I just switched to a stop bar from a TP-6 , if that makes a difference.
 

MikeSlub

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It's OK to raise the stop bar quite a bit; however, many players don't like it real high because of lack of string tension. If you have to raise it too high for your taste, try reversing the bridge saddles. That might allow you to crank down the stop bar and yet have the strings clear the back of the bridge.
 

sparkletop

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Having bridge saddles that have been filed down too many times through the years can create this problem. New saddles usually help. The taller the saddle, the lower the bridge body can go. I f your saddles are fine it will have to be done by raising the bar.
 
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guitarzan

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saddles are brand new!

My saddles are new, I replaced the bridge and tp-6 (w/fine tuners) with an EXACT same bridge and a stop bar.

I just need to know (or I'll go crazy) if it is "ok" or "normal" to have the strings hitting the back of the bridge. Is it bad that it does this?

I may just do the wrap over.... that should fix it!
 

Spose

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I was going to suggest the wrapover, I like the break angle better with the wrapover.
 

MikeSlub

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It isn't necessarily "bad" to have the strings touch the back of the bridge, but most people do feel that it does adversely affect tone.
 
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